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There is something suite near but for discs and vinyls. It's named DISCOGS. but I don't know about open source, data, & everything...

@switchingsocial @alcinnz great idea.

But why oh why are they aiding and abetting colonialism and land theft with their domain name?
@switchingsocial @alcinnz .io is the British Indian Ocean Territory, aka Diego Garcia, aka the Chagos Islands.
Stolen by the British from the natives, who were expelled from their homes. Leased to the USA to use to murder people in Asia, and to use as an illegal prison.

@dgold @alcinnz

Didn't know that, most sites with .io just use it as a generic name.

I don't think most people would make a connection between .io and Diego Garcia when choosing a domain name.

@switchingsocial @alcinnz people need to know this.

.io is not a generic.

It is a stolen domain which aids in financing an ongoing theft and genocide.

@dgold @alcinnz @switchingsocial Please can you provide a link to more information about it, which I will happily boost.

@ZacharyHerold @dgold @alcinnz

Apparently .io belongs to Diego Garcia, an island in the Indian Ocean which is currently owned by the UK and leased to a US airbase.

The UK threw the Chagossian natives off the island in the 1960s, most of them are currently living in the UK.

The Chagossians have been fighting a long legal battle through the English courts to return to Diego Garcia. The case has had lots of twists and turns:

@ZacharyHerold @dgold @alcinnz

Well, some people would say using .io is condoning the expulsion of the Chagossians.

I don't think most .io sites are aware of this issue though.

@ZacharyHerold @alcinnz @switchingsocial .io is the ccTLD for “Indian Ocean Territory”.

The Indian Ocean Territory _is_ the Chagos Islands.

I don’t understand how it doesn’t have any relevance.

@dgold @alcinnz @switchingsocial Because I haven't seen any evidence that .io domains are directly contributing to the problems with the Chagos islands. Hardly anyone will know what .io stands for.
But, I do understand that the issue is important.

@ZacharyHerold @switchingsocial @alcinnz

.io domains are owned by the British Government.

The British Government is illegally occupying the Chagos Islands.

Profits from the sale of .io domains go to somewhere not-released to the public, on grounds of “national security”.

By purchasing a .io domain, you are contributing and/or profiting from the occupation of the Chagos Islands.

This really isn’t hard.

@ZacharyHerold @switchingsocial @alcinnz

If there were no illegal occupation (and illegal lease) of the Chagos Islands, then there would be no British Indian Ocean Territory.

.io is the country-code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for that illegally occupied territory.

If there were no illegal occupation, there would be no .io domain.

By purchasing or operating a .io domain, you’re paying the people who are illegally occupying the territory.

Which part of this is failing the standard of “evidence that .io domains are directly contributing to the problems with the Chagos islands”??

@switchingsocial @alcinnz and most people just using it doesn’t excuse it.

It is particularly egregious when free/open sites and services use it and refuse to change it on the basis that it means I/O operations or similar. What that teaches is that the rights and interests of the FOSS community are more important than peoples lives.

@dgold @alcinnz

I think this is something you would have to discuss with website owners directly, because there's presumably very little awareness of this issue.

I'm guessing most people simply aren't aware where the .io domain comes from, especially nowadays when generic non-country domains like .data or .xyz dominate the lists of available names.

(How many people know .tv is from Tuvalu?)

@dgold @alcinnz

(p.s. Just to add, this wasn't meant as an excuse, but a description of the main barrier to action.

If people don't even know there's a problem, they can't do anything about it. In some cases simply making people aware may be enough to make them change domains?)

@switchingsocial @alcinnz mostly, what making people aware of it, in the FOSS world, results in is FOSSbros attacking you.

The type of attack that means they’re making it painfully clear that they’ve gone through every post you’ve made on social, every bug report or PR on Microsoft GitHub, every comment on every news site. It’s a deliberate warning: do not fuck with us.
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